Conflict. It’s been with us for thousands of years. And we hate to break it to you, but it’s not going anywhere. It’s just a natural part of life and of every relationship – no matter how warm and fuzzy the bond may be. But there’s hope. You just have to learn how to deal with conflict in a healthy kind of way. With that said, the following tips will hopefully get the ball rolling on what is sure to be something you’ll face time and time again.
Communication Is Key
You had to see this one coming. Open, honest discussion is oftentimes the best antidote for the worst situation.
You’ve heard the song, and we’re here to tell you it’s true. But to get respect, you have to show it. That’s why you have to really listen – be in the moment. And by all means, validate that person’s feelings and opinions … even if you disagree.
Passive Agressive Behaviors Are a No-No
Snide remarks and subtle hints rarely get you anywhere … and they’re annoying. If something is bothering you, then address the issue. Pretending everything is OK only breeds resentment and often leads to a major blow.
Look for the Compromise
Relationships are about give and take. Sometimes you gotta give, and sometimes you receive. You know your limits, and we encourage you to stick with them. But be willing to meet the other person in the middle.
You Can Revisit the Problem
Your resolution may very well need to be revisited and reevaluated after some time has passed. And at that time, if it isn’t working, readjust and make the necessary changes.